|The Failures of Post-Roe Mainstream Media
Mainstream media have failed the public in their coverage of the historic overturning of Roe v. Wade, according to Patricia Zimmermann and Noreen Sugrue. Outlets describe the new post-Roe U.S. as a binary of pro-abortion and anti-abortion.
Referring to the pro-choice position as pro-abortion shapes a narrative that misrepresents the commitments, values, desires, and politics of pro-choice advocates. It also fails to underscore one of the most important points: In denying women control over their bodies and reproductive choices, abortions are not stopped. They are rendered harder to secure and encourage illegal and unsafe procedures.
Coverage has further failed to examine the collateral damage of Roe’s overturn beyond pregnant women; to men, partners, people who retain access to abortion, and more.
Read Zimmermann and Sugrue’s full commentary on The Edge.
Also see Zimmermann’s melodic personal account on abortion, war protest, and the death of a friend.